For a long time now it has been suspected but not proven that Russia meddled in last year’s presidential election by leaking incriminating DNC data and by purchasing ads and pages on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, but some suspect that Moscow’s interference goes a lot deeper than anyone has expected.
TIME magazine reports that there exist at least one, and perhaps even more successful endeavors at illicitly obtaining voter information and personal information like partial Social Security numbers.
Investigators in Congress are interested whether any of the stolen private records found their way to the Trump campaign, according to two sources briefed on the investigations who spoke with TIME.
“If any campaign, Trump or otherwise, used inappropriate data the questions are, How did they get it? From whom? And with what level of knowledge?” former ranking Democratic official on the House Intelligence Committee, Michael Bahar, told TIME. “That is a crux of the investigation.”
Rep. Adam Schiff, a ranking Democrat on the House Intel Committee, sad that though there is still no solid proof of hackers attempting to breach into the voting system to change the number of votes, “the effect on the election is quite a different matter.”
Anthony Ferrante, a former cybersecurity agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who was directly tasked to respond to any cyber threat, has said, “At first it was one state, then three, then five, then a dozen”.
Michael Daniel, who was responsible for preventing Russian election interference during the Obama presidency, has voiced a similar sentiment saying, “We had to assume that they actually tried to at least rattle the doorknobs on all 50, and we just happened to find them in a few of them.”
While nothing has been confirmed yet, this just goes on to show that we’ve barely scratched the surface of the Russian election meddling investigation.